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Howard University's Department
of Theatre Arts is an internationally acclaimed leader and producer of artistic merit. Each season the Department of Theatre Arts presents classical and contemporary plays in its two-theatre complex. These plays offer not only entertainment, but also a forum for ideas and discussion.

Academics: Dance

Performing Arts: Dance (120 hours)
Effective Fall 2013

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The Dance program is designed to educate, train and develop talented students in the performance skills of dance. The program combines theoretical classroom instruction, studio techniques and rehearsal and performance skills. The student is provided with the opportunity of technical development with guest artists, internships with major performance companies, and critical guidance in level placement and training. Entry requirements for dance students include auditions and interviews and exit requirements involve passing a jury examination. A major emphasis in this program is the successful completion of the practicum experience in the senior year.

Admission into this area of concentration is by audition and invitation only.
For more information regarding Dance Program AUDITIONS, please click here.
For information regarding the Dance SUMMER INTENSIVE, please click here.
To view the Dance Course Curriculum Scheme, please click here.

SEQUENCE OF REQUIRED COURSES

FRESHMAN YEAR

FALL SEMESTER  
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Major/Minor Dance Orientation I Major/Minor Dance Orientation II
Voice for the Stage Art Appreciation
Freshman English Freshman English
College Algebra I Basic Stage Lighting
Freshman Seminar Dance/Theatre Practicum
Foreign Language I Foreign Language II

SOPHOMORE YEAR

                               
FALL SEMESTER  
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Ballet I Ballet II
Modern I Modern II
English Writing Course Stage Management
Costume for the Theatre African Dance I
Intro to Theory for Musical Theatre Nutrition
First Humanities Elective Second Humanities Elective

JUNIOR YEAR

FALL SEMESTER  
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Ballet III Dance Major Movement Tech
Modern III Modern IV
Dance Composition I Dance Composition II
African Dance II African Performance Workshop
Dance History I (WAC) Dance History II
Artist and Dance Experience I Artist and Dance Experience II
Tap I Intro to Psychology (or)
Jazz Dance I Intro to Social Psychology

*Recommended Course – ENGL-009 Technical Writing Pre-Professional
**See approved list of Division A courses

SENIOR YEAR

FALL SEMESTER  
SPRING SEMESTER
   
Dance Senior Seminar I Dance Senior Seminar II
Fundraising for the Arts Methods of Teaching Dance
Anatomy and Kinesiology Electives
Electives  

ALL DANCE MAJOR JUNIOR/SENIOR LEVEL COURSES including: THDN-500 DANCE INTERNSHIP I; THDN-501 DANCE INTERNSHIP II; THDN-502 DANCE INTERNSHIP III, INTERDISCIPLINARY CARIBBEAN STUDIES; THDN-072 DANCE MAJOR MOVEMENT TECH; THDN-200 DANCE TECH PRODUCTION; THDN-200 MAJOR PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP; THDN-032 ETHNO. OF DANCE; THDN-023 DANCE COMP III; THDN-024 DANCE COMP IV are courses restricted for the student demonstrating consistent focus and development for the preparation requirements of entering the Dance Arts profession upon graduation.  These courses provide the student an intense and time-consuming one-on-one cognitive-writing language and affective-physical language-guidance structured to develop students into artists, therefore requiring individual student evaluations to demonstrate excelling affectively and cognitively beyond the basic university requirements of passing a course.  The student taking these classes will be evaluated individually as a student/developing artist working towards results for the discipline – Art of Dance as with all professions.  Approval Status for enrollment in all courses of the major includes cognitive and affective development, adjudication and confirmation of advisor and dance faculty.

Note: Many of the courses listed have laboratory hours. Laboratory hours allow for practical application of the theoretical approach addressed in both classroom exercises and lectures. Lab hours vary depending on the expectations and demands of the class/production. All students should anticipate committing additional time outside of classroom instruction for Lab work.

DANCE MAJORS ENTERING AS HOWARD UNIVERSITY RECOGNIZED HONOR/MERIT SCHOLAR/LEGACY SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS WILL BE RECOGNIZED AS SUCH AND ASSIGNED THE DANCE MAJOR HONORS COURSES OF WORK/STUDY/RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT SCHEME DURING THEIR JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEAR DANCE MAJOR CURRICULUM COURSES.

STUDENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE TOTAL 120 HOURS FOR GRADUATION IN THE ABOVE MAJOR AREA OF CONCENTRATION. IF A COURSE IS NOT TAUGHT AND/OR OFFERED TO THE STUDENT, THEY MUST MAKE-UP THE HOURS IN ELECTIVES IN SPECIFIC DISCIPLINES WITH STUDENTS SUBMITTING REQUEST CONTENT AND JUSTIFICATION FOR ADVISOR APPROVAL. STUDENTS MUST FOLLOW THE CURRICULUM SCHEME AS PRINTED; INCLUDING PASSING ALL PRE-REQUISITE COURSES REQUIREMENTS OR GRADUATING WITHIN FOUR YEARS TIME IN THE ABOVE LISTED DANCE MAJOR CURRICULUM IS AFFECTED.

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Wendy Racquel Robinson Eric Roberson Debbie Allen Carl Anthony Payne Lynda Gravatt Isaiah Washington Taraji P. Henson Anthony Anderson Phylicia Rashad
Department of Theatre Arts College of Arts and Sciences Division of Fine Arts